Preparing for your balloon removal procedure

What you need to know

Before your procedure

The gastric balloon removal procedure is very similar to the implantation procedure so you will be familiar with what to expect. The following is a list of questions that have have been frequently asked by patients in the past but if your question is not listed here or you want any further information, please call us on 0121 693 4488

Can I eat or drink before my balloon removal?

It is important that you follow these instructions prior to the removal of your balloon. Non-compliance may result in a failed procedure, thus requiring it to be repeated at a later date, with associated additional costs   

  • You will be asked to drink hot or cold clear liquids ONLY for TWO days prior to the procedure. This includes squash, Bovril, consommé (clear soups), water, black tea and coffee

  • Do not drink milk based products, thick or lumpy soups or smoothies

  • Drinking fizzy drinks and pineapple juice will also help to clean the balloon surface

  • Do not eat or drink anything within 12 hours of your procedure
    • Morning Procedure -You must remain nil by mouth (nothing to eat or drink) from midnight before your procedure
    • Late Afternoon Procedure – Liquids only from midnight until 5am on the day of the procedure and then nil by mouth (nothing to eat or drink) from 5am until the time of explantation
I haven’t received admission information. What time do I come in?

You will receive communication from the hospital at which you are due to have your procedure, which will provide an admission time. If you have not received this letter within three days of your procedure, call the team on 0121 693 4488. 

Do I take my medication on the day of my procedure?

You will be asked to take your regular medication on the day of your procedure (with a very small amount of liquid). However, some medication may require specific management and you will be advised about this before admission. In some circumstances (e.g. if you are diabetic) you may be asked to attend hospital in advance of your procedure for tests and to adjust your medication. 

What do I need to take to hospital?
  • Regular medication in its original packaging        
  • Your continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) machine if you use one
  • A dressing gown and slippers


What happens when I’m admitted?

You will be taken to the ward where the nursing staff will complete the standard admission forms and carry out baseline observations (pulse, temperature, blood pressure etc.). You will be seen by your consultant who will go through the consent form with you. This is to confirm your understanding of the procedure, together with the risks and benefits. If you have any concerns or questions, please ensure you raise these with your consultant before signing the consent form. 

Do I need someone to take me home?

After sedation we ask you not to drive or operate machinery within 72 hours. If you have driven to the hospital, please ensure there is someone to drive you home. Please be aware that if you choose to drive despite this advice, your car insurance company may not cover accidents that occur during this time. 

I have received a bill from the hospital. What do I do?

If you have received a bill from the hospital which you are not expecting, please contact the Healthier Weight Administration Team immediately on 0121 693 4488. In most cases you should not receive a bill for anything that has been included in your procedure package. In very rare occasions this may happen and if so please accept our apologies. Extras such as newspapers, visitors’ meals etc. are not included in the package.

Note: Please ensure that you take your regular medication with you to the hospital in its original package. 

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